The Inception of Orana Gardens
In 1989, Dubbo RSL Aged Care Association was established as a charitable not-for-profit provider in with members of the Dubbo RSL Sub-Branch and the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, jointly funding of Stage I of the Retirement Village (12 units) and the Roundhouse. The founding members were: Mr John Whittle, Mr Lawrie Colahan and Mr Vern Traegar.
This local business grew over the next 20 years, with 148 Independent Living Villas and a 125 bed Residential Aged Care Facility. In 2017, Orana Gardens became its own standalone entity parting ways from the RSL, governed by a local Board of Directors.
Did you know?
Our footprint is 16.8 Acres in the heart of Dubbo.
We are boarded by the Dubbo Regional Botanical Gardens (Wiradjuri, Japanese, Sensory Gardens), we even have own own access gate, Orana Mall and the our Royally inspired neighborhood streets (Royal, Windsor, Charles, Buckingham and Coronation) , plus we are within easy access of the Mitchell Highway.
A Christmas message from the CEO
May this festive season be the happiest for you and your loved ones. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. I hope that our Christmas lunches across the facility are enjoyable and a time to come together and celebrate the magic of Christmas. Our staff Christmas party was a fantastic celebration of team work and community spirit. Orana Gardens has had a very difficult couple of years, however, over the past 12 months, COVID aside, we have stabilised, and are now moving along again as a very professional and quality aged care organisation. In early December we had the privilege to showcase our facility, as part of our accreditation audit. The initial feedback from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, was positive. This is mainly due to the tremendous work of our care team, headed up by Tim and Ramsey.
Orana Gardens has improved in a number of areas across the organisation, the internal modifications to John Whittle House, the improved lighting, colour scheme, hiking trail and wall designs in Special Care Unit. And in addition, ongoing renovations to numerous bathrooms and room upgrades across the home.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and myself, I would personally like to wish you a happy festive season. I send my wishes to you, your family and friends, that the New Year brings joy, health and happiness. I thank the staff for their extraordinary work, especially during the past two years and the difficulties that the pandemic caused. The support and commitment they have afforded our residents is well and truly appreciated. Thank you.
Clint Grose, Chief Executive Officer
Browsing your retirement housing options?
We understand that making the decision to place a loved one into care can be a difficult decision. That’s why we provide all the information you need to make an informed decision. We have a professional Admissions and Engagement Coordinator, who will work with you to navigate this difficult process. Also, our website provides information on each of our services, as well as photos of the facility.
We want you to feel confident that your loved one is in good hands at Orana Gardens. Our home is staffed by qualified registered nurses 24/7 and caregivers who are dedicated to providing quality care for our residents. Plus, we offer a range of activities and social events so your loved one will always have something interesting to do.
Contact us today for more information.
Independent Living - Orana Gardens Estate
Are you or a loved one getting older and finding it harder to live independently?
The best solution is Orana Gardens! Orana Gardens offers residents several opportunities to network and connect without residing in each other’s pockets through on-site recreational amenities, community areas, social activities, and adventures.
You’ll never feel alone at Orana Gardens thanks to our close-knit community, which will make you feel at home. Additionally, our knowledgeable staff are available at all times to help you with everything you need.
Our properties are designed to be easily maintained, and our gardeners and maintenance staff are accessible if you need any assistance. Since Orana Gardens offers a low maintenance lifestyle with less garden and house upkeep required, living here may provide you more time and opportunities to explore new activities.
It’s crucial that we feel secure in our community, and at Orana Gardens, we give our residents access to resources for excellent physical and mental well-being. To feel less anxious and more at ease, we must first feel safe, secure, and comforted in our own community. We are an open village close to a major shopping Centre, we offer secure units, enhanced lighting, CCTV and security patrols.
For more details about our independent living communities, get in touch with us right now.
What is Orana Gardens Village?
Here at Orana Gardens, we are a community owned village, that cater to older adults, providing independent living units. At Orana Gardens Village we also offer much more; lunches, activities, functions, transportation and full maintenance allowing you to retire hassle free. Furthermore, we are conveniently located near Orana Mall with its shopping, outlets and cafes, the Dubbo Regional Botanical Gardens (Wiradjuri, Shoyoen, Sensory and adventure playground), and local transportation, making it easier for you to get to where you need to.
Our large village (16 Acres) offers a warm vibrant atmosphere with access to many support services and recreational activities that allow you to enjoy your retirement to the fullest. Our village is also co-located with our aged-care home. We also offer access to respite care and permanent care.
Independent living units offer several benefits to residents including:
As the name suggests, the primary advantage of these units is that it allows older adults to maintain their freedom. Residents are given their own private space to come and go as they want without losing access to support and services. It allows people to age how they want and spend more time relaxing in comfort, being involved in the village a little or as much as they like. This can strengthen a sense of belonging and offer peace of mind to residents who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Our Village has a forum operated by village residents, to ensure you have your say.
Living at Orana Gardens Village provides quick and easy access to various amenities and services. All our units are renovated prior to occupancy, including modern appliances and whitegoods.
Our Independent living units offer several opportunities for older adults to build meaningful connections within our community. We often run social activities such as fitness classes, lunches, BBQs, outings in our bus, and afternoon teas, providing the chance to make new friends and socialise with peers.
Working for Orana Gardens offers a unique and meaningful experience that sets us apart from other aged care facilities. Here are some compelling reasons to choose us!
Orana Gardens is a community-owned, not-for-profit organization. We were founded by local individuals who were active members of the Dubbo RSL Sub-Branch and Memorial Club. The legacy they established 34 years ago still resonates within our organization, and we take pride in continuing their vision of providing exceptional care for older adults.
Locally Founded, Owned, and Operated
We are the only aged care business in Dubbo that is locally founded, owned, and operated. This local connection gives us a deep understanding of the community’s needs and allows us to provide tailored and personalized care.
Dedication to Quality Care
Our staff members are the unsung heroes of our organization. They have weathered the challenges brought by COVID-19 with unwavering dedication and provided stability and quality care to our residents. We value their commitment and recognize them as the backbone of our organization.
Resilience During Challenging Times
Throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff and management showed remarkable resilience. We never closed our doors or compromised on the care our residents needed. Despite the evolving rules and regulations, our team adapted and prioritized to ensure the well-being of our most vulnerable community members.
Variety of Roles and Opportunities
While a majority of our staff works in the Residential Aged Care Facility, we also have positions available in our retirement village. Our business covers a large footprint, providing opportunities for different roles and experiences. Whether you prefer working in aged care or retirement living, we offer a range of positions to suit your skills and interests.
Vibrant Atmosphere and Access to Services
Our location near Orana Mall, Dubbo Regional Botanical Gardens, and various recreational facilities offers a warm and vibrant atmosphere. You’ll have access to support services and recreational activities, ensuring that our residents can enjoy their best lives while receiving exceptional care.
Making a Difference
By joining our team, you become a part of our residents’ lives. From morning to night, you’ll have the privilege of providing care and making a positive impact on their well-being. Working with our precious residents allows us to create meaningful connections and contribute to their overall happiness and quality of life.
At Orana Gardens, we are more than just an aged care facility. We are a dedicated team of local individuals who are passionate about caring for our community’s elders. If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference, we invite you to join us and share in the joy of enriching lives.
Blog Date: 24 May 2023
Our recent staff updates
Orana Gardens leadership have been kept busy, implementing the ongoing Aged Care. Most recently, we are navigating the changes in Residential Aged Care funding, wage increases and an increase to mandatory care minutes. All of which are designed to increase the care delivered to valued residents.
Frontline care staff will see an increase in their wages this month, however, staff in support services will unfortunately have to wait for the next round of wage reviews (Stage 3). As an industry, we rely heavily on staff that support our frontline care staff, so this will be watched very closely, with the hope that all staff will be paid accordingly.
The increase in care minutes has seen us actively recruit and attempt to employ more staff.
Celebrating Success: A Closer Look at Our Outstanding Staff Survey Results
Our staff survey served as a platform for every member of our team to voice their opinions, share their perspectives, and contribute to the ongoing growth of our organization. The remarkable response rate highlighted the enthusiasm and engagement that runs deep within our workforce. It’s heartening to see our team members embrace the opportunity to be heard and play a pivotal role in shaping our workplace culture.
One of the most remarkable takeaways from the survey was the evident increase in employee engagement across the board. The results indicated a significant rise in employee satisfaction with various aspects of their roles and the work environment.
The survey results also provided a platform for us to celebrate our accomplishments and identify areas where we can continue to improve.
Recognizing the aspects that our employees hold in high regard allows us to build upon those strengths, while addressing any concerns or challenges with precision and dedication. The success of our staff survey would not have been possible without the collective commitment of our employees.
It’s clear that each member of our team shares a passion for improvement and an unwavering dedication to the success of our organization. These survey results underscore the fact that our staff’s engagement directly impacts the growth and prosperity of Orana Gardens, to provide a better place for our residents.
As we celebrate the triumph of our staff survey, we’re also setting our sights on the future. The insights gained from this survey will serve as a blueprint for our ongoing initiatives to enhance employee experiences, streamline communication, and provide even more opportunities for professional and personal development.
The success of our recent staff survey is a celebration of our shared commitment to excellence, collaboration, and continuous quality improvement. We’re immensely proud of the strides we’ve made in enhancing employee engagement, and we’re excited to build upon these achievements as we move forward together. Our gratitude goes out to every member of the Orana Gardens family for their contributions to this significant accomplishment. Here’s to a bright and promising future ahead! – Clint Grose
Retirement living is an exciting and affordable option when downsizing
Curious on how Orana Gardens retirement village measures up against traditional living options?
Retirement Living at Orana Gardens vs home or unit ownership.
Retirement living agreements at Orana Gardens are on a loan licence. When you enter our village, we have a clear pricing structure, then when you leave there are no hidden costs. The exit fees are paid during your stay at Orana Gardens. We have no hidden costs.
What are the benefits of living in a retirement village?
One of the main advantages of retirement villages is the sense of community. Living in a retirement village allows you to be surrounded by people in a similar stage of life, fostering social connections and opportunities for companionship. Our community offers a wide range of activities and amenities to keep our residents engaged and entertained.
In terms of facilities, Orana Gardens provides a variety of amenities such as a gym, heated swimming pool, library, and country club for gatherings, a bar, outdoor kitchen, landscaped gardens, commercial kitchen, meals, village bus and a hair salon all in a safe environment. We also have on-site support services, making it easier for residents to access the assistance they may need.
Furthermore, Orana Gardens often offer a maintenance-free lifestyle, taking care of tasks such as gardening, repairs, and general upkeep. This can be a major relief for people who want to spend their time enjoying their retirement rather than worrying about home maintenance and gardening.
We are also in an excellent location, close to public transport, across from the Orana Mall, council gardens and local hotel. Our village is also co-located with our residential aged care facility, making the transition to care less difficult if you or your loved one, need additional support.
Take a look at what’s available in Dubbo’s original retirement villages.
Christmas Cheer at Orana Gardens: Celebrating the Festive Season in Aged Care
The holiday season is a time for joy, love, and togetherness. For many, Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends, exchange gifts, and create cherished memories. However, for seniors in aged care facilities like Orana Gardens, the festive season can sometimes feel a bit different. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Orana Gardens, a dedicated aged care facility, goes above and beyond to bring the spirit of Christmas to its residents.
Orana Gardens is not just a place where seniors reside; it’s a community that values the importance of connection and celebration, our core values. As Christmas approaches, the staff at Orana Gardens work tirelessly to create a warm and festive atmosphere. Decorations adorn the halls, music playing, and the scent of holiday treats fills the air, setting the stage for a season of joy.
One of the unique aspects of Orana Gardens is its commitment to involving the wider community in their Christmas celebrations. Local schools, choirs, and community groups often visit the facility to spread holiday cheer through music, dance, and festive performances. This not only brings joy to the residents but also fosters a sense of community spirit.
Orana Gardens understands that each resident has their own set of traditions and memories associated with Christmas. To make the season special for everyone, the staff takes the time to learn about the residents’ preferences and history. Whether it’s a favorite holiday dish or a cherished tradition, the team at Orana Gardens strives to incorporate these elements into the Christmas celebrations.
Christmas at Orana Gardens is more than just decorations and carols. The facility organizes a variety of activities tailored to the interests and abilities of its residents. From holiday-themed crafting sessions to nostalgic happy hour movies, excursions on our bus to see the Christmas lights of Dubbo, the goal is to provide opportunities for residents to engage in the festivities in a way that brings them joy.
Recognizing the significance of family during the holiday season, Orana Gardens encourages families to join in the celebrations. Our residents are our family, as such we include residents that don’t have families, to actively participate in these events. Special events and lunch gatherings are organized, allowing residents to share the magic of Christmas with their loved ones. These moments of togetherness create lasting memories for both residents and their families.
Orana Gardens stands as a shining example of how aged care facilities can transform the holiday season into a time of warmth, connection, and joy. By arranging personalized celebrations, community involvement, and meaningful activities, Orana Gardens ensures that its residents experience the magic of Christmas in a way that resonates with them personally. As we reflect on the importance of caring for our seniors, let Orana Gardens inspire us to make every Christmas season a special and inclusive one for all.
Welcome to 2024
As we approach 2024, the team at Orana Gardens is excited to continue providing exceptional care and support to our residents. Our commitment to creating a warm, welcoming, and home-like environment remains steadfast, and we look forward to enhancing our services even further.
In the coming year, we plan to introduce new programs and activities that will engage and inspire our residents. Our team recognises the importance of socialisation and interaction, especially during the challenging times, and we are dedicated to fostering a community that promotes happiness, health, and well-being.
We will continue to prioritise the needs of our residents, and our staff will work tirelessly to provide personalised care that meets the unique needs of each individual.
At Orana Gardens, we are proud of our reputation for excellence, and we are committed to maintaining that standard in the years to come. We look forward to welcoming new residents and continuing to provide exceptional care to our current community.
Blog Date: 3 January 2024